a matter of

Definition of a matter of

1 used to refer to a small amount
  • It cooks in a matter of (a few) minutes.
  • The crisis was resolved in a matter of a few hours.
  • The ball was foul by a matter of inches.
2 used to say that one thing results from or requires another
  • Learning to ride a bicycle is a matter of practice.
  • His success was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.
  • It's only a matter of time before/until we catch him.
3 used to explain the reason for something
  • She insists on honesty as a matter of principle.
  • All requests for free tickets are turned down as a matter of policy.

Word by Word Definitions

matter play
  1. : a subject under consideration

  2. : a subject of disagreement or litigation

  3. : the events or circumstances of a particular situation

  1. : to form or discharge pus : suppurate

  2. : to be of importance : signify


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